Osteoarthrosis - A Threat To Your Dog | Dogspot.in

Health, last updated 12th, Feb 2018, Surbhi Chauhan

Osteoarthrosis increases the instability and inflammation in the joints that lead to extreme pain in senior dogs. The joints most commonly affected are the hip, stifle, and elbow. Some other factors also include genetics, the age of dogs, body weight, obesity, gender, exercise, and diet.

Is Osteoarthrosis treatable?

The cells in the joints are slower to regenerate in senior dogs. Therefore, there is no natural cure for osteoarthrosis. The treatment aims at suppressing the pain, improving the dog’s mobility which would help to slow down the growth of the disease.Stiffness in the limbs could occur if the dog’s joints are not looked after correctly.

Nutrition for protecting the joints

If your dog is overweight, the priority should be to lose the excess weight. This will help relieve the stress in his joints.

Many specific nutrients have also been beneficial for senior dogs:

- The most well-known are glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, two molecules found naturally in the cartilage. Daily consumption of glucosamine and chondroitin is especially valuable in diets for large and fat dogs.

Omega-3 fatty acids (present in fish oils) also help to reduce the speed of inflammation in the joints. They act as a natural anti-inflammatory and have no noticeable side effects.

Green mussel from New Zealand (Perna caniculus) contains at least 10 different essential fatty acids, plus various amino acids, vitamins (E and C) and trace elements (zinc, copper, manganese) that can act together to protect the joint cartilage.

 

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